Sicherheit: Mögliche Preisgabe von Paßwörtern in kdesu
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Name: Mögliche Preisgabe von Paßwörtern in kdesu
ID: CSSA-2001-005.0
Distribution: Caldera
Plattformen: Caldera eDesktop 2.4
Datum: Di, 30. Januar 2001, 12:00
Referenzen: Keine Angabe
Applikationen: KDE Software Compilation


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Caldera Systems, Inc. Security Advisory

Subject: password sniffing in kdesu
Advisory number: CSSA-2001-005.0
Issue date: 2001 January, 23
Cross reference:

1. Problem Description

KDE2 comes with a program called kdesu that is used to run certain
administration commands under the account of the super user (for
instance, every time the KDE control center asks you for the root
password, you actually talk to kdesu).

There is a bug in kdesu that allows any user on the system to steal
the passwords you enter at the kdesu prompt.

2. Vulnerable Versions

System Package
OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 All packages previous to
kdebase2-2.0-6 and kdelibs2-2.0-6
Note that you are not vulnerable
if you didn't install the KDE2

3. Solution


There is no real workaround for this bug, and the following is _not_
a permanent solution to the problem; this is merely a temporary
solution until you have installed the update.

As the super user, create directories in /tmp that have the same
name as the socket used by kdesu:

mkdir /tmp/kdesud_UID_0

where UID ranges over all user IDs of users on your system. Note
that the trailing 0 is the display number, so if you run several
X servers on your machine, you need to repeat the process for
display 1, 2, etc.

In order to protect just yourself, the following will do the trick:

mkdir /tmp/kdesud_`id -u`_0

The proper solution is to upgrade to the fixed packages.

4. OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4

5.1 Location of Fixed Packages

The upgrade packages can be found on Caldera's FTP site at:


The corresponding source code package can be found at:


5.2 Verification

23a677755332e24db259ebce9a754e14 SRPMS/kdebase2-2.0-6.src.rpm
083b8ddaf4f67d2d0b4146245034229b RPMS/kdebase2-2.0-6.i386.rpm
b759a751da20a2d6c6c296da94e1656e RPMS/kdebase2-opengl-2.0-6.i386.rpm
7970d51bc04e4e23e03b01f001f56780 SRPMS/kdelibs2-2.0-6.src.rpm
20aa5f2327d8978700c22c8afce9df34 RPMS/kdelibs2-2.0-6.i386.rpm
cfd8744b1950a9c5f5cf4ecd7adc0f3b RPMS/kdelibs2-devel-2.0-6.i386.rpm
d394c163bda790719881fc0defc3dca9 RPMS/kdelibs2-doc-2.0-6.i386.rpm

5.3 Installing Fixed Packages

Upgrade the affected packages with the following commands:

rpm -Fhv kde*2.0-6.i386.rpm

5. References

This and other Caldera security resources are located at:


This security fix closes Caldera's internal Problem Report 8718.

6. Disclaimer

Caldera Systems, Inc. is not responsible for the misuse of any of the
information we provide on this website and/or through our security
advisories. Our advisories are a service to our customers intended to
promote secure installation and use of Caldera OpenLinux.

7. Acknowledgements

Caldera Systems, Inc. wishes to thank Sebastian Krahmer (SuSE) and
Waldo Bastian (KDE) for their assistance.

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